his followers to do likewise, to break bread and
"in remembrance of me"
speak of the Communion service as something that
is 'celebrated', for it is not simply a social
gathering or a look backwards into history - it
is a meeting with Christ in the present.
In the Communion
Service we bring our thanks to God as we
celebrate the gift offered to us, the gift of
nothing less than God's self-giving love. In the
Eucharist we hear the good news that the living
God offers to share his life and love with us,
and we respond in prayerful praise, experiencing
forgiveness and healing.
In obedience to Jesus'
command, we take bread and wine and share them in
remembrance of him, celebrating his presence with
us now and the confidence we are given for the
Communion Service we meet as the family of God,
and it is a kind of family meal.
Here there are no divisions of status or class,
as each person is of equal and supreme
importance. In fact, through our participation in
the Eucharist, we ourselves become the Body of
Christ; we ourselves become bread to be broken,
to meet the needs of a hungry world. Nourished by
the body and blood of Christ, we are sent out
from worship to take God's faith, hope and love
to the people and places where they are needed.
believe that God is preparing a future for us
which can be spoken of as feast,
a heavenly banquet to which all are invited.
Until then, Communion will continue to be
celebrated and God's people (Christ's Body) have
much work to do.